About a year ago I was talking to my mentor in the Firearms training world. a fella named Pat Goodale he owns a company called Practical Firearms Training. www.pgpft.com Pat is a retired Marine and we were discussing some knives that I had made for Blade show. The thought struck me that allot of the active duty enlisted Marines could not afford a knife from some of the top makers out there. I discussed it with Pat and asked him if he could set it up so some knife makers could donate some knives to a Marine combat unit. He has done it. I will not give the unit info out here as they are currently deployed but they have been deployed to numerous bad places over the last few years, these are tough men who do bad things to bad people. anyway the knives will be presented to the unit at the abs expo in San Antonio in Jan. http://absknifeexpo.com/ I wanted this to be from a group of makers who are considered "top" in the field hence the name "Elite" Knifemakers. anyway I was astounded by the guys who stepped up to do this here is the list. The only stipulation was that I wanted these gentleman to build what they thought was the "ulitmate" combat knife. Jim Rodebaugh Shane Taylor Michael Vagnino Ray Rybar Bill Burke Jason Knight Joe Keesler Jim Batson Steve Dunn David Lisch Henry Torres Rick Eaton Harvey Dean Adam Desrosiers J.W. Randall E. Scott McGhee Tom Ferry I want to thank these gentleman, and would like to encourage everyone to thank them as well.